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Paint a "Chippy Finish"

So we've been in our house for a year now!  Amazing how time flies.  Two years since the fire - I can't believe it.  It still kind of feels like we are living in someone else's home because it's not finished quite how we like it.  But every little DIY is making it feel better!  Recently, I have been painting the kitchen, and loving it!  Check out the "before" pic... pretty, but a little too much "fru fru" for me.  So far, the cabinets haven gotten an overhaul (And they REALLY needed it - don't let that before pic fool you!  A lot of them were in need of repair and they had so much hand grease built up under the handles that there was no way to save the wood finish.  DARN, lol!  I much prefer a painted kitchen anyway, especially since we have a wood ceiling and floors. Too much wood can be a bad thing!).

Anyway, those corbels under the counter were not structural.  I'm planning to replace them with something more simple - not sure what yet.  I don't like them there, but I do like pieces like this used as decrative accents around the house - especially if they are white and chippy.  So I set out to make them white and chippy.

First, they got a coat of this beautiful blue chalk paint I had leftover from my brass lamp makeover.  I painted them as messily as I could!

Next, came the secret ingredient.  I had read about people using Vaseline to achieve a chippy finish, but it was 10pm at night, I didn't have any Vaseline, and the stores were closed.  So I decided to try this:

Yep. Crisco.  I happened to have it on hand because I use it to season my cast iron pans, expecially those yardsale or thrift stores pieces that need a "pick me up".  I dipped my finger in and smeared it on the corbels.  I concentrated on putting it where natural wear might occur - like on the fronts and the edges.  Then I gave the corbels two coats of white chalk paint, let dry, and started sanding.  You can use a piece of sand paper or a hand sander.  I like the hand sander, as long as you are gentle with it.  I also scraped the edges with my fingernail (my nails are always a mess).

Everywhere that I had smeared the Crisco, the paint peeled off easily in chunks, leaving the "chippy" finish.  Next, I watered down some brown acrylic paint and "antiqued" the pieces.  I am very messy with this part - cover the corbel quickly and heavily (you'll have to experiment with how much water you add to the paint), then dab/rub off with a rag.  I like to let the paint soak down into the crevices.  Just keep an eye on it while it's drying and wipe up obvious drip marks.


And that's it!  The perfect chippy finish! I love them so much more than I did when they were part of the kitchen.  Here they are, sitting on a shelf that we made from our milled Valley Fire wood.

Just look at this close up.... chippylicious for sure!  

And another angle...  I am going to have fun with these!

Now... what are you going to paint?  I'm sure you must have something lying around that needs a little character!  If you try this paint technique, be sure to share a pic of your finished piece.  I'd love to see it.  Who new that Crisco could be such an awesome DIY ingredient!

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